How couples manage the household: work and power in cross-national perspective

Treas, Judith and Tai, Tsui-o (2012) How couples manage the household: work and power in cross-national perspective. Journal of Family Issues, 33 8: 1088-1116. doi:10.1177/0192513X11426700

Author Treas, Judith
Tai, Tsui-o
Title How couples manage the household: work and power in cross-national perspective
Journal name Journal of Family Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0192-513X
Publication date 2012-08
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0192513X11426700
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 8
Start page 1088
End page 1116
Total pages 29
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Despite many studies on the gendered division of housework, there is little research on how couples divide the work of household management. Relative resource theories of household bargaining inform analyses of who does the housework, but their applicability to household management is unclear, if only because management responsibility may be viewed as unwanted drudgery or as coveted control over family and household. Building on theories of power and exchange, this article examines the relation of relative resources and management responsibility and asks whether the partner who does more housework also does more management. According to 2002 International Social Survey Program data for 31 countries, three fourths of married persons report joint, rather than individual, decision making on children’s upbringing, weekend activities, and major purchases. Supporting a gendered relative resource hypothesis, women, and not men, are more likely to take sole charge of household decision making when their income is higher than their partner’s.
Keyword Household management
Marital power
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print December 4, 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2012 Collection
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Created: Tue, 31 Jan 2012, 15:33:03 EST by Tsui-o Tai on behalf of ISSR - Research Groups